As the Democrats start gearing up for the midterms, with the likes of Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Terry McAuliffe and others setting their sights on the 2020 election, trying to maneuver the party away from Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden – you have Hillary Clinton still commanding center stage talking about ‘What Happened’
And some Democratic lawmakers are desperately trying to distance themselves from her latest remarks.
Clinton did a flashback to when she called President Trump’s supporters deplorables, but took it to a whole new level by defining who they are – namely, African- Americans, women and Indian Americans.
Here are Clinton’s comments at the conference talking about how she won the coasts but lost the “middle” of the country:
“I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” Clinton said. “And his whole campaign — ‘Make America Great Again’ — was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs, you don’t want, you know, to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to solve it.”
Let’s unpack that for a minute. Trump voters were looking backward. They don’t want black people to have rights. They don’t want women getting jobs.
Really? Does Clinton not have a sense of how condescendingly awful that sounds?
Does she believe that’s why she lost Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania? Not that Trump appealed to struggling working-class voters, but that his supporters resent women, blacks and legal immigrants?
There was more. Clinton suggested white women voted for Trump because of “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
Seriously? While that may have happened in certain instances, does the first female presidential nominee of a major party believe that women are that … subservient? I sure don’t.
Hillary’s party is not happy with this latest flashback.
“Even the staunchest Clinton allies as well as longtime advisers say the comments were cringeworthy and ultimately detrimental to Democrats,” says The Hill.
Missouri’s Claire McCaskill told the Washington Post these were “fighting words”:
“I think they were expressing their frustration with the status quo. I may not have agreed with their choice, but I certainly respect them. And I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter, especially ones in my state.”
Ohio’s Sherrod Brown told the Huffington Post: “I don’t really care what she said. I just think that that’s not helpful.”
Hillary Clinton is entitled to say whatever she wants. She doesn’t have to quiet down just because she’s frustrating other Democrats.
But this is an unfortunate throwback to the comments Hillary made in the fall of 2016:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.”
That led some Trump backers to proudly identify themselves as deplorables.
Hillary Clinton blew a winnable election, but she did win the popular vote. Does she want to be remembered for disdaining the middle of the country?
Here is Hillary Clinton’s lengthy interview at the conference in Mumbai, India on March 13, where India Today Editor-In-Chief Aroon Purie slathered praise on Hillary ‘Should-Be-President’ Clinton, where she ripped President Trump and his voters.